Cape Town – Apartheid was a crime against humanity and displaying the old flag of South Africa represents support for that crime.
This is what the Nelson Mandela Foundation will argue in April when the Equality Court hears the matter of the old South African flag possibly constituting hate speech.
The foundation announced in February last year that it had made an application to the court for an order declaring that gratuitous displays of the flag of apartheid South Africa constituted hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment, based on race.
The foundation said in a statement that it was time to acknowledge that the old flag was a symbol of what was a crime against humanity and that its gratuitous public display celebrated that crime and humiliated everyone who fought against it – especially black South Africans.
It was important the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (“Equality Act”) be used as an instrument to discourage such behaviour, said the foundation.